MDS Monday – Alaska 2014

digital scrapbook page of our Alaska trip using Summer Splash stamp brush setOn this MDS Monday, we are enjoying a pleasant evening in our fifth-wheel trailer in a campground in Williams Lake, BC, on our way home from a month in Craig, AK. What a great time we had and I wanted to scrap some of the pictures we took to preserve those memories. I did take along a selection of stamps and stamping supplies but would not have pulled them out to create this scrapbook page. MDS to the rescue!!! What a wonderful way to spend the evening playing with my digital pictures and stamping supplies!

Have you given MDS and digital scrapbooking Stampin’ Up! style a try yet? If not, I urge you to do so. You can even try it for 30 days for FREE and I am here to help you get started. Just click on the links below to order MDS and the Summer Splash stamp brush set. Let me know when you are ready to install your purchase and I can walk you through it if you have any problems.

Washi Wednesday Faux Shaker Card

Washi tape faux shaker cardYes, I know it is Thursday but I just couldn’t get this card finished yesterday. Do you know how it is when you just can’t figure out how to finish the card? Well, that was the case yesterday. I played with it all day and still wasn’t satisfied. Then today I got out my new star framelits and went star crazy! :o)

To make a faux shaker card, put sequins or small punchies or beads into a small cellophane bag and seal the top. I didn’t have any small ones so I cut down a medium clear envelope (102619) and attached it on two sides with Retro Fresh Washi Tape (133001) to the card front. I wanted the faux shaker to be seen from both sides of the card front so I cut out a rectangle before adhering the piece of clear envelope. Then I put sequins in and sealed the two open sides when I attached the envelope to the rest of the card. I added another round of washi tape to widen the border around the shaker part.

Don’t you love the font of the greeting? It is one of the Hostess stamp sets, Good Greetings, in the Fall/Holiday catalog which you will be able to order from beginning August 28. I got to see a preview of the Holiday catalog during the live-streamed opening of the 2014 Stampin’ Up! annual convention. (It was a fair substitute for actually being  there.) You will be delighted and excited by all the new products in this catalog. Are you wondering why I already have this set? It’s because I am a demonstrator and earned this set from my June sales. If you would like to learn how you can get early access to new stamp sets and start your own paper-crafting business, give me a call or email me. I’d love to have discussions with you on the benefits of being your own boss.

Supplies: To order these supplies to make this card, visit my online store or click on the links. I appreciate your business!StampsGood Greetings
PaperWhisper White (100730), Pumpkin Pie (105117), and Blackberry Bliss (133675) cardstock, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper (133693)
InkTuxedo Black Memento Pad (132706)
OtherStars Framelits (133723), Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape (133001), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Medium Clear Envelopes (102619)

Terrific Tuesday – Weely Deals

Hey, it’s Terrific Tuesday! The weather here in Craig, AK, is not that terrific. We have had several days/weeks??? of overcast skies and rain. Makes us remember one reason why we moved to Mount Vernon, WA. They have been having hot, sunny weather.

Digital scrapbook page using the Sweet Shop digital download

There are no new digital downloads for MDS but the Sweet Shop Kit (129339) digital download is on sale for 60% off in the new Weekly Deals for this week. I created this scrapbook page with the Sweet Shop kit and the Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower stamp brush set (123197). Check out the deals and click on the links for more information and to order the ones you want. Do this right away. The sale prices go away after next Monday.

Happy Independence Day! – Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit

Digital Independence Day card created with Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit

This Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit (127163) is the perfect way to create a card to share with all your online friends and relatives. I added the Gold Glimmer paper as the background. I used the coloring tool to color the flag. Check out all the elements of this kit by clicking on the link below.

My prayer today first that all my readers have a happy and safe holiday and more importantly that America will be worthy of God’s blessings.

Supplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
BackgroundGlimmer Designer Series Paper (132917) – gold
Red, White & Blue Designer Kit (127163) – flag and 3 Cheers for the Red, White and Blue
Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = Whisper White

Purchase Blendabilities Beginning Today!

 Whoohoo! You can start ordering the first six colors of Blendabilities today, July 1! Finally the wait is over and I can show you this card I colored with them! I used Ivory and Natural of the new skin colors for the flowers and Old Olive shades for the leaves. The background is the light shade of Coastal Cabana.

Apothecary Art_edited-1Supplies: Stamps – Apothecary Art (wood-128415, clear-125527), Bloom with Hope (Hostess sets); Cardstock – Whisper White, Mossy Meadow; Other – retired Holiday Frame embossing folder, Apothecary Accents framelits (127003), Old Olive Blendabilities (130999), Coastal Cabana Blendabilities (1310000), Skin Tone Assortment (129370), Memento Ink Pad (132708)

I love these Blendabilities because I can finally color my images with shading. I also like the transparency of the ink. When I tried to color with the Stampin’ Write markers, the color covered any shading lines already in the stamped image and when I tried to blend colors, the surface of the paper would get sort of shredded. With the blendabilities, the color is carried on an alcohol base so the paper does not get messed up. These are the colors of Blendabilities you will be able to purchase starting July 1. The rest of the colors are scheduled to be released August 1.

When you order them, you will want to be sure to also order the Memento Ink Pad and the Color Lifter. The Memento Ink Pad is a water-based ink like the Basic Black Stampin’ Ink Pad but it dries very nicely on Whisper White cardstock unlike the Basic Black. Stazon is another alternative to the Basic Black but it can’t be used with the Blendabilities. Stazon is a solvent-based ink as are the alcohol markers, the Blendabilities. It would run when coloring with a Blendability marker.

The Color Lifter is a colorless alcohol marker to use to push color back into the lines or to lighten a color.

You will also want to use Whisper White cardstock with the Blendabilities. I have used White Shimmer cardstock and it works also. The shimmer shines through the color beautifully! :o)

So get busy! Order your Blendabilities by clicking on the links or visiting my online store. Have renewed fun coloring!

Terrific Tuesday – New MDS downloads and Weekly Deals

Hey…it’s Terrific Tuesday! This being the first Tuesday of July, we have new digital downloads for MDS. Check them out and click on the links for more information and to order your favorites.

Work of Art Abstract Flower

Work of Art Abstract FlowerAt the New Catalog Premiere I attended in April, we were given the Work of Art stamp set. Several demonstrators have used the swishes in the set to stamp flowers so I gave it a try. I have fallen in love with this set because of it’s versatility. Check it out below. I also used the Watercolor Thank You stamp set. This single stamp only comes in wood mount.

Work of Art index

I created the background by sponging Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss on one side of the Decorative Dots embossing folder. I then lightly misted the ink with water and laid a piece of Whisper White cardstock onto the folder. I lightly pressed the folder closed but did not run it through the Big Shot. I love the impressionistic effect of the colored dots.

To order the supplies used in this card, just click on the links below or visit my online store.

Terrific Tuesday – Something to Say

Something to Say (138099) is another of the great MDS downloads released the first Tuesday in June. I love this stamp brush set that matches the traditional stamp sets in the 2014-2015 annual catalog. Just look at all the wonderful sayings:Something to Say stamp brush set

See how I used this set on my scrapbook page of one of our pups.

Something to Say digital scrapbook page of my mini dachshundSupplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910); Background – Card Stock/Real Red; StampsSomething To Say (138099) – big ways small ways and love you always, Paw Parade Kit (138037) – paw; Punches – Arrows 1, 2, 3 filled with Paw Parade Kit designer series paper – 5

Today we also have a new Weekly Deals. Check them out and order while the price is at this great reduction!

My Digital Studio Monday – Ombre Challenge

Digital card using an ombre techniqueThe challenge for MDSM71 was to create a scrapbook page or greeting card using an ombre background. Here is my take on the challenge. You can see the specific sketch here. I decided to use circles and create the ombre effect using dropped shadows to give a smoother transition from one color to another.

To use the dropped shadow in place of a punch

  1. Add a punch shape to your project. Fill it with any designer series paper. The design does not matter as you will be removing it from the punch.
  2. Double click on the punch and use the negative magnifying glass to decrease the size of the paper until it is quite small. This makes the next step easier.
  3. Drag the dsp out of the punch and click OK.
  4. Add a drop shadow of 100% opacity and full blur. Change color from the default black to whatever color desired and click OK. Now you have just the drop shadow showing across the whole punch. On this card I repeated the process using the same color drop shadow but decreasing the opacities to 75%, 50%, and 25%. I love the softness of the blend between the different circles. You can still see edges but they are quite subtle.

I felt someting needed to be addedI added at the point where the edges of the circles intersected and tried several different bows, a button and a couple other things but wasn’t satisfied. I settled on the gold sequins circle and do really like the effect on the card. But I started playing with recoloring the sequins. I tried white but didn’t like that. Then I recolored the circle with Lost Lagoon. I do like that almost as well as the gold. I switched back and forth several times (isn’t MDS wonderful at letting us change our minds!) and can’t decide so I will show you the Lost Lagoon version as well.

Digital ombre card with Lost Lagoon recolored sequinsWhich one do you like best? Leave a comment below! Thanks.

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Background – Card Stock/Pool Party
EmbellishmentsIn Any Event Card Templates (136574) – embellishments – thanks
Gold Sequin Trim (137609) – circle
Basics/1.25 Circle Punch (comes with program)

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Terrific Tuesday – Weekly Deals and In Any Event

Good morning this Terrific Tuesday. We have some terrific Weekly Deals for you. You will need to snap these up while the prices are so great! The price will go back up next Tuesday.

On this Terrific Tuesday I want to feature one of the June MDS digital downloads, In Any Event Card Templates (136574). What  deal this is! For just $12.95 you get 8 5″ x 7″ greeting card templates and four double-sided 5″ x 7″ postcard templates plus 30 piece SVG stamp set, 5 designer series papers, and 19 embellishments. There are greetings for almost any sort of occasion you might need. The real kicker for me though was that one of the embellishments is a dachshund!!! If you have been following me for very long, you probably have gathered that our beloved fur babies are mini-dachshunds. Of course I ‘needed’ this digital download!
Want to see what I created with it? Lookie!
Digital greeting card with dochshund on itThe greeting speaks well for both our dogs and for us. :)
You will really love this In Any Event digital download! Either click on the links below to order or visit my online store to order. Thanks for your business.
MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Background – In Any Event Card Templates (136574) – designer series paper – 4Embellishments – In Any Event – embellishments/In Any Event – dog

Stamps – In Any Event – my heart belongs to you, Color = EARLY ESPRESSO

Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: In Any Event – designer series paper – 5